From the Vault: John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette – Gateway (1976)
Perusing CKUT’s enormous library for hidden gems is one of our favourite pastimes here in the music department. Though I stumbled upon this record by chance it already seems to fill a gap I never knew existed. Recorded in 1975, Gateway’s first, self-titled record speaks volumes. Upon first listen the swirling sounds within immediately remind me of Pat Metheny’s early works with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius. Not surprising considering the artists involved and their various musical histories. John Abercrombie on guitar, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and last but not least Dave Holland on bass. Gateway (the album) is filled with surreal interweaving and dazzling textures; the trio seems to speak as one. Find yourself a copy if you dig!!